Chael Sonnen says he turned down TUF 1 spot, Jon Jones was once cut from tryouts

Jonathan Ferrey

A lot of what Chael Sonnen says isn't exactly the truth, so you learn to take his statements with a grain of salt. A recent statement about his pseudo-experience with The Ultimate Fighter is probably one of his tall tales, but who knows? He actually told MMA Junkie that he turned down a spot on the original Ultimate Fighter show:

"When the show very first started, the first coaches ever were my coach, friend, teammate Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell, arguably the greatest light heavyweight ever," Sonnen told MMA Junkie. "In fact, the argument would be between those two: Chuck and Randy. I was just a fan. I watched it as a fan. They asked me to be on the show as an athlete, and I passed on the chance. It was on a different network at that time, but an executive at that office invited me on as an athlete. Then I loved the show.

"I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what it was. I sat down and watched it, and I regretted that decision. I really enjoyed watching it, and all these years later, here I am."

Magically, no UFC staffer could remember Chael being named as a candidate.Meanwhile, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones actually tried out for a season once, but was told he was too young:

"I tried out for 'The Ultimate Fighter' back when I was 20 years old," Jones said. "I remember making it through the first round and then approaching a table to grapple for the second round and having Dana – I think himself, I remember him being at the table – saying, 'Man, you're too young. You're 20 years old, and you have to be 21 to apply for this show, but we're going to let you roll anyways. But you can't go much further than this.' I was like, 'Alright.' I was rolling and having a great time, and that was it. That was the end of the scenario."

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"It's kind of surreal to me to know that just four-and-a-half years ago I was trying out for the show, and then to be on the show as such a young coach is just like, 'Man, we're doing things right,'" Jones said. "I said that to my manager. I said, 'We're doing it. We're doing things right.' It's just surreal to be a guy who was rejected from the show and now be the coach."

It's too bad the that the show hasn't featured talent like either of these men in a long time now, but they should make for interesting coaches at least.

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